More than 800 million people on the earth are now suffering from hunger, and the impact on infants and children is particularly severe, so, many lives of them have been lost. It is said that starvation is caused by natural disasters and conflicts in many parts of the world, but it is not the only cause of the hunger.
"Food loss" refers to the food that is still edible but is thrown away. About 1.3 billion tons of food are discarded in the world each year. This is about one-third of the world's production. We are not unaffected by world hunger, when we think of the possibility of how this vast amount of wasted food could be reached to those who are suffering from hunger.
To reduce this "food loss", in France, the law is enacted in 2016 that bans the disposal of food in the country's supermarkets and requires that unsold food be donated. Violations will result in a fine.
What could each of us do, to make that happen? For example, have you ever been forced to discard food without checking the refrigerator because it inadvertently passed its expiration date? Checking the content of your fridge often and eliminating waste is another initiative we can implement right away. A little bit of care of our action could be the power to save the world.
These are short monthly Sotoshu essays on each of the 17 UN sustainable development goals. They are not written for a Western audience and there's nothing groundbreaking here; they're very much aimed at suggesting simple things that people can do at home. Nonetheless, they may provide some food for thought about ways to engage in the community. New essays will be added as they are available. Comments are open; please post reflections if you wish.